‘Agent Smith’ Malware affected more than 25 Million Phones


All the Android users have been warned globally to remain careful before installing any apps into their device as a new Malware has been discovered which is very harmful to any smartphone. This dangerous Malware is called as Agent Smith, which is named after the menacing character in The Matrix. The malware’s already infected around 25 million Android devices globally, with around 15 million from India and the rest of them from countries like UK, USA, Australia.

This malware has been discovered by Checkpoint which is infecting the devices via third-party apps. It shows fake ads throughout these apps to generate revenue. Once it’s in your phone, however, it can spread to other apps silently without the user’s knowledge and interaction. 

Currently, this malware is only showing ads on the infected apps, Check Point warns it has the capacity to do far more damage. It could start imitating apps like WhatsApp and stealing sensitive information like passwords and banking details. This is really a big concern for any smartphone users. 

To protect yourself from this malware attack, be attentive and carefully examine your smartphone. If any of your apps behaving strange activities than normal, uninstall that app instantly and reinstall it from a more trusted app store like Google PlayStore.

Prevention is the best method, Check Point says, but with Agent Smith’s covert ways, you’ll need to be extra careful in order to avoid your device being infected.

“The malware attacks user-installed applications silently, making it challenging for common Android users to combat such threats on their own,” Check Point’s Jonathan Shimonovich said.

“Combining advanced threat prevention and threat intelligence while adopting a ‘hygiene first’ approach to safeguard digital assets is the best protection against invasive mobile malware attacks like ‘Agent Smith’. In addition, users should only be downloading apps from trusted app stores to mitigate the risk of infection as third-party app stores often lack the security measures required to block adware loaded apps.”

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